Waves Host Concordia and Golden West College Saturday
No. 8 Pepperdine Opens Three-Match Homestand at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool
Oct. 3, 2012
MALIBU, Calif. -- The No. 7 Pepperdine men's water polo team returns home for a three-match homestand, beginning Saturday, October 6 against Concordia at 11:00 a.m. at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool. The Waves look to bounce back against the Eagles after finishing in eighth place in the 2012 SoCal Tournament last weekend. Due to earlier upsets, the Waves faced two top-five teams on the final day: No. 3 Stanford and No. 4 Cal in the seventh place game. After taking on Concordia, the Waves will play an exhibition against Golden West College.
GAME #12 -- Saturday (Oct. 6) at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool in Malibu, Calif.: #7 Pepperdine (6-5) vs. Concordia (8-5) at 11:00 a.m.
EXHIBITION -- Saturday (Oct. 6) at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool in Malibu, Calif.: #7 Pepperdine (6-5) vs. Golden West College at 2:00 p.m.
RANKINGS -- Pepperdine is ranked No. 8 by the Collegiate Water Polo Association after spending two weeks at No. 7.
CONCORDIA -- Pepperdine is 4-0 all-time against Concordia. The Waves took a 9-4 win in the last meeting between the two squads in 2010.
LAST WEEK -- Pepperdine dropped a pair of matches to top-five teams to finish eighth in the 2012 SoCal Tournament, hosted by UC Santa Barbara. The Waves battled, but could not overcome a pair of opponents who were upset in earlier rounds. The Waves assured an upper-echelon finish with a 12-7 opening round triumph against No. 10 Loyola Marymount. Pepperdine fell to No. 2 UCLA (14-7), No. 3 Stanford (13-8) and Cal (12-9) in the seventh place match.
WAVE NOTABLES -- Senior ATK Matthew DeTrane (Moraga, Calif./Diablo Valley CC) scored a career-high five goals against Cal and finished the tournament with a team-high 11 goals, while sophomore goalie Bence Valics (Eger, Hungary) recorded 38 saves and six steals in four contests. Junior ATK Mike Tragitt (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS) recorded nine assists for the Waves.
HOME POOL ADVANTAGE -- In its first 37 years of existence, Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool has hosted many Pepperdine victories. The Waves entered this season 265-103 all-time at home, boasting a win percentage of .720. The Waves have posted a winning record at home in 30 of 37 seasons.
COACH MOSES -- Two-time U.S. Olympian (2008, 2012) and former Pepperdine All-American Merrill Moses has recently joined the staff as an interim co-head coach this season. Moses led the United States to a gold medal at the 2007 and 2011 Pan American Games. Moses also led the Waves to the 1997 national championship where they captured their first title.
COACH RODRIGUEZ -- William "Willo" Rodriguez is the other interim co-head coach along with Moses. Rodriguez was a two-year player for the Waves and also was an assistant coach in the 2006 and 2007 seasons."Willo" is a former member of the Puerto Rican National Squad that competed at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2003.
COACH SCHROEDER -- Water polo icon Terry Schroeder is a volunteer coach for the 2012 season. But he has much bigger plans in 2013, as Pepperdine has announced that Schroeder will return as the men's water polo head coach next year. In his first stint with Pepperdine (1986-2005) he amassed 340 wins and a national championship in 1997. The head coach for USA Water Polo at the last two Olympics, Schroeder has been inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame (2005), U.S. Water Polo Hall of Fame (1998) and the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame (1985).
PEPPERDINE WATER POLO HISTORY -- Since 1990, only five different universities have won an NCAA water polo title: four football schools and Pepperdine. The Waves claimed their first NCAA title by beating USC in the final in 1997. Heading into 2012, the Waves had posted winning records in 28 of 37 seasons and had an all-time record of 682-426-8.
ABOUT PEPPERDINE -- Pepperdine boasts a one-of-a-kind athletic department with unprecedented success for a school of its size. The Waves have won NCAA Division I championships in five different men's sports -- one of just 16 schools to have accomplished this feat -- and nine overall. Of this elite group, Pepperdine has the smallest enrollment and is the only school not in a BCS-affiliated conference. Located in scenic Malibu, Calif., the university overlooks the Pacific Ocean and its campus and athletic facilities are regularly voted among the nation's most beautiful. Pepperdine, which is affiliated with the Church of Christ, ranks #54 overall on U.S. News and World Report's list of America's best colleges.